West, N. K. – Obituary

N. K. West, Pioneer Merchant,
Dies At Summerville Home

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon for N. K. West, pioneer La Grande merchant who died Saturday night of a heart attack at the age of 73.

Last rites will be said for Mr. West, who founded the firm of N. K. West here 41 years ago, at the Snodgrass chapel with Rev. George H. Marrs, pastor of the First Baptist church, in charge. Burial will be in the Masonic cemetery beside his daughter, Ada, who died 18 years ago.

Nathaniel Kendrick West was born at Mondovi, Wis., Aug. 31, 1866 and when a young man moved to Portland, where he entered the clothing business with his father, N. K. West Sr., on Portland’s east side, later being set up in business by his father with a younger brother, Thaddeus, now dead. Mr. West was one of a long line of pioneer merchants that kept the name of N. K. West in the clothing business in La Grande and Portland for the past 60 years.

He was married in Portland, his wife Mattie, later dying.

He came to La Grande in 1899, with J. D. Smith, still an employee of the West firm. and bought out the Jay Brooks clothing and dry goods company, located in the same building as the present store.

About two years after the death of his daughter, Mr. West married Mae Robinson of La Grande, who survives him.

He died about 11:15 Saturday night after arising from bed.

Although engaged in the clothing and dry goods business, Mr. West also enjoyed farming, and the West dairy ranch near Summerville was long his hobby. It was at the farm, the family home, that Mr. West passed away.

Mr. West was also a dairyman, and was long engaged in this business at the farm, going into business with the Enkay dairy in 1932.

He sold the department store end of the business to Falk’s in 1929, buying back the men’s clothing department in June 1935.

Shrewd, but kindly, with a strong personality, Mr. West was highly respected by his friends and business associates, and retained a keen mind and active participation in the West business until the end.

Surviving him besides his widow are included a grandson, Kendrick West Siegrist, a brother Orval, of Multnomah, a son-in-law Herman Siegrist, two nieces in Portland and one in Summerville, Mrs. Harlan Robinson.

La Grande Evening Observer,
Monday, 13 November, 1939, Pages 1 & 3.
Contributed by: Robert C. Bull

MLA Source Citation:

White, Judy Wallis. Union County, Oregon Obituaries. Published by AccessGenealogy.com. Copyright 1999-2013, all rights reserved. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 19 December 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/oregon/west-n-k-obituary.htm - Last updated on Nov 12th, 2012

Categories: ,
Locations: , , , ,

Contribute to the Conversation!

Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Newsletter Signup

We currently provide two newsletters. Why not take both for a run?

Genealogy Update: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new, or significantly updated, collection or database on our website.

Circle of Nations: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new (or significantly updated) Native American collection or database on our website.

Once you've clicked on the Subscribe button above you'll receive an email from us requesting confirmation. You must confirm the email before you will be able to receive any newsletter.

Connect With Us!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!